Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Prince Charles: lessons of Holocaust still 'searingly relevant'

Prince Charles: lessons of Holocaust still 'searingly relevant'

Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev says the event aims "to bring together leaders of the global community to express their new commitment for Holocaust remembrance and understanding the deep meaning of Holocaust remembrance and to commit to fighting antisemitism around the world".

Polish President Andrzej Duda has refused to attend the event taking place at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem.

The heir to the throne will give a speech at the World Holocaust Forum - the largest global event in Israel's history - where around 40 world leaders are due to attend, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Emmanuel Macron.

More than 800,000 people died during the Nazi encirclement of Leningrad - now called St. Petersburg - from starvation, disease and bombardment, making it one of the most devastating episodes of World War II.

The prince will say: "All too often, language is used which turns disagreement into dehumanisation".

"All too often, virtue seems to be sought through verbal violence".

It is the prince's first official tour of Israel and Palestine, though he has travelled there to attend the funerals of the former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and former president Shimon Peres in 2016.

"Knowing, as we do, the darkness to which such behaviour leads, we must be vigilant in discerning these ever-changing threats, we must be fearless in confronting falsehoods and resolute in resisting words and acts of violence".

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Prince Charles appeared to avoid shaking hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at an Auschwitz memorial event in Jerusalem today.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier said that the role of the Soviet Union in defeating the "Nazi killing machine" should never be downplayed.

While the decision to give the podium to President Putin of Russian Federation has sparked fury in Poland.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, also met some of the world leaders and would thereafter, host a special official dinner for the guests.

The Prince of Wales began a historic two-day visit to the Middle East by holding talks with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, who told him "we still expect your mother to come".

The Queen has never made an official trip to Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories during her 67-year reign, and has not taken a long-haul flight for a number of years.

To commemorate the visit, Charles was invited to plant an oak tree in the gardens of the president's official residence, Beit HaNassi.

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